Sports Digest

SPORTS DIGEST

July 31, 2006

Cycling

T-Mobile hires American manager

T-Mobile will replace manager Olaf Ludwig with American Bob Stapleton in November, shaking up its team in light of cycling's doping scandals, including Tour de France winner Floyd Landis' positive test for a testosterone imbalance. T-Mobile said yesterday that it lacked faith in the present management to deal with scandals rocking the sport. Longtime star Jan Ullrich, the 1997 Tour de France winner, was recently fired after being linked to performance-enhancing drugs. "We have a high degree of responsibly for the sport of cycling after 15 years of being engaged," T-Mobile chairman Rene Obermann said in a statement.

Doping -- The president of cycling's international governing body said police may be used to help crack down on doping. Pat McQuaid said he would conduct a full audit of the sport. "We will look at all aspects, the competition, events, calendar, teams and the management of teams," McQuaid told BBC Radio. "If we can do that then we will regain some ground and credibility."

Horse racing

Trainer still raving after Bernardini win

The plan was for Bernardini to win the Jim Dandy Stakes without too much trouble, then gear up for the biggest race of the summer, the Travers Stakes on Aug. 26. So far, so good. The morning after Bernardini cruised to a nine-length victory in Saturday's $500,000 Jim Dandy at Saratoga Race Course, trainer Tom Albertrani said his 3-year-old colt was in great shape. "I think it was more impressive than when he ran in the Preakness," Albertrani said. Bernardini won the Preakness by 5 1/4 lengths. Belmont Stakes winner Jazil will miss the Travers with a bone bruise.

Soccer

U.S. women win, 2-0, against Canada

Abby Wambach and Natasha Kai scored goals to lead the United States (9-0-3) to a 2-0 victory over Canada in an exhibition game in Cary, N.C., that gave the Americans a sweep of three matches in July.

Tennis

Clijsters wins title at Bank of the West

Kim Clijsters won her fourth WTA Bank of the West Classic title in six years in Stanford, Calif., effortlessly beating Patty Schnyder, 6-4, 6-2 to stay unbeaten in the event since 2002. Clijsters overwhelmed her Swiss opponent with sharp serves, then ran her ragged with back-and-forth groundstrokes to win her 32nd career title and her second this season.

ATP Countrywide Classic -- Tommy Haas won his third title of the year and second Los Angeles championship in three years with a 4-6, 7-5, 6-3 victory over Dmitry Tursunov.

ATP Croatia Open -- Stanislas Wawrinka won his first ATP title when favored Novak Djokovic retired with breathing problems during the first set in Umag.

ATP Generali Open -- Agustin Calleri claimed his second career title by beating Juan Ignacio Chela, 7-6 (9), 6-2, 6-3, in an all-Argentine final in Kitzbuehel, Austria.

WTA Budapest Grand Prix -- Israel's Anna Smashnova became the first player to defend her Budapest title, defeating Lourdes Dominguez Lino of Spain, 6-1, 6-3.

Et cetera

Jones Jr. continues return to boxing

For one night and against one man, Roy Jones Jr. was back. At least the showman part of him. "I'm close. In two or three months, I'll be all the way back," Jones said Saturday night in Boise, Idaho. Minutes earlier, Jones ended a 10-month hiatus by being his usual showy self. He had a methodical - and inconclusive - 12-round unanimous decision over champion Prince Badi Ajamu to win the North American Boxing Organization light heavyweight title. All three judges scored the fight 119-106 for Jones (50-4).

High Schools -- Arundel wrestler Nicole Woody, who has reached the past two Class 4A-3A boys' tournaments, won her third career Junior National title at the July 25 women's championships at the Fargodome in Fargo, N.D. Competing at 102 pounds, Woody, a senior, scored two pins and defeated four others by a combined, 37-3.

Amateur baseball -- The Maryland Monarchs improved to 3-0 in round-robin play at the Continental Amateur Baseball Association 18-and-under Wooden Bat World Series in Charleston, S.C.

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